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796  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: September 23, 2010, 10:56:27 PM
Anyone gonna play Parasite Eve I and II a few weeks before The 3rd Birthday's Release?

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll go up on PSN at some point. I love the first one, but not the second's controls.

The first is not only one of my favorites PS1 games and even all time favorite games but the second ... I've tried playing it so many times and each time it seems worse. Thank heavens for youtube so if I want to experience a bad game for something else than gameplay we can just watch the a playthrough of a kind soul.

I really don't understand how they can get from a really original game to a cheap half assed copy of Resident Evil. I can't blame them because Resident Evil is also one of my favorites franchises to this date as I've beaten them all and it does sell really good, even back in the psx days, so it leaning towards it sounded understandable, but it turned out to be so bad it's not even funny.

I almost bought a copy of PE1 japanese so I could play on my PS3 (jap) even having a normal copy and a ps2 but PE2, I wouldn't want even for free. For what I heard the only really good thing about it is the story (what I expected from Squaresoft) but everything else is really bad.

Bottom line, if they come to PSN do yourself a favor, buy the first but neglect the second.
797  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Platinum Games & Sega extend their publishing deal. on: September 23, 2010, 09:13:47 AM
Now the hinted "sequel to Bayonetta" may have even more hopes of becoming true.
Aside from Infinite Space I'm loving all their games.
798  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: September 23, 2010, 08:51:16 AM

Tentacles? Haha. The game looks good though.

Tentacles, can't go wrong with them in Japan lol !

I'm so excited about his game I don't think I'll wait for it to come here, I'll just buy the Jap version and once again put my not so good Japanese to the test.
Oh, about the trailer, that part where she's exploding stuff with her spell (mitochondria), I wonder if the stages are all big and open like that ?

And for those that try to see, the old link is dead,here's a new one, check it before SquareEnix removes it again.
799  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 22, 2010, 09:44:49 PM
If you have the chance to use the japanese voices, do it because they're great ! Oh, and Fuuka's english voice actress will make your ears bleed.
800  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone planning to pick up Atelier Rorona? on: September 22, 2010, 09:42:22 PM
I was somewhat interested in this game until I saw some video from Totori no Atelier which look so much better and I started thinking that if I am to get the "same" game, I'll get the prettier one.
If this comes at a reasonable price I might rethink, but considering the competition by this end of year I don't think I'll pick it up soon. Little Big Planet 2 has a lot of my attention.
801  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Capcom and Level-5 Teaming Up. on: September 22, 2010, 09:06:55 AM
Well, if we consider the nature of Phoenix Wright games and Professor Layton they could be doing something like that as well but my vote is still for Breath of Fire. I liked the part I played of Dragon Quarter but I got pissed after I found out the dragon power used did not recover. I was so pissed I quit the game lol.

Whatever they're working on, I'd rather wait because what I really want from them is Ni no Kuni. Or they could localize the fourth Professor Layton.
802  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 21, 2010, 06:31:03 PM
I think the boss theme fits well enough, and just passable enough to be on my MP3 playlist. I really can't see what everyone finds so great about the normal battle music though. It just sounds so subdued and flat compared to previous games.

I thought it was decent but it got really dull by the end of the game. The best part is when the violins kick in full force.

Farron you bring great shame to these forums. How can you like such shitty characters, such simplistic gameplay, such lack of a heart and soul? Laughable villains, a cheap JRPG cop-out final boss, pitiful clicehd characters and character development..

Then again I may have enjoyed this game if I had never played a good RPG before and I had just come from Call of Duty 5 or something.

Don't give me that look (I know you're giving a suspicious look hehe). Really, can I really be blamed for liking a game ?
Well, characters, it's kind of like a hit of miss right ? I for example like more the characters in XIII than in VI which I can say the ones I really liked were Terra and Edgar and yet VI is still awesome. I only didn't like 1 character and liked all others, a thing that nor VII nor X (my favorites) managed to do.

The "simplistic gameplay" is controversial because fro my standpoint Dragon Quest gameplay is simplistic. There are people that like it and people that don't.
As I see, XIII has a fast paced gameplay, with less exploring, sure but in exchange of a momentum that doesn't go dull; best combat system in the series as you have to think really fast and react fast; best soundtrack with a lot of genres of music; good characters with a so so story and a very weak end game (now I can't deny). Does the things in it that could've been better make it crap for me ? Absolutely no!

Don't get me wrong, you can hate the game for all I care, but maybe you got more disappointed because what you expect it to be turned out to be something different.

Just to make myself clear, if you play Oblivion of Fallout 3 what do you expect ? An open game with lots of things to do, right ? How about the Atelier series ? A lot of item making and all. Final Fantasy ? Well, how can you be so sure they change a lot of things with each entry.

Once again, don't get me wrong, I can completely understand why you hate the game if it's not what you expect. When I go watch a movie I truly don't mind when I go to see something and it ends up being something else but I kinda hate it when it happens in games.





803  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 21, 2010, 10:04:28 AM
I remember when all the rage was about XII and I do have a lot of complains about XII, and there were some people trying to defend it while a lot more bashed it, and now I see myself on the other side of the table. I loved this game and sure good production values have a big impact on it but I like for a lot more reasons than that. Although I have to agree that it being streamlined was a bad choice in some aspects in others I think it was fine.

The music for me in this game was probably the best in the series but that's not much because I loved every single entry OST except for IX.

About the audio balance Prime Mover is talking about, in the japanese version there's no problem in it. This may have been another poor localization job.
804  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 19, 2010, 11:12:01 PM
changing subject, I've gone back to play Strange Journey after saying I would drop it. While I still have my complains about the dungeon crawling aspects of it, it is really fun if I don't push the 40 min mark. In short bursts I'm finding this game to be a blast. After spending more than 20 hours on it and reaching half of the game and I keep going back to it I just can't say I don't like it (or else I would have dropped it sooner).

I finally got my hands of DDS 1, and when I played about 30 minutes of it I knew I'd love it but I have to finish a game before starting this one or else my head will explode. I already have 3 SMT games started (Nocturne, Strange Journey, Persona 3 Portable and even Persona 1 on psp but this one I'll hardly get back).
805  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere getting HD Ports on: September 19, 2010, 12:26:00 PM
I loved Odin Sphere right up until I couldn't get any further. Crap that game was hard. For me. I really wasn't that good at it.
Same here; I stopped at the second to last boss in the final book as I just couldn't do it. I wasn't that good at it either. I wonder if you will be able to import PS2 saves?

I don't think you guys were bad because if so that makes us 3.
I was doing pretty good until some obscenely hard bosses so I had to use my gameshark. I thought the stories were just too good to miss.
Those that kept turning you into a frog and all, they make Demon's Souls look easy.
806  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 18, 2010, 11:33:18 PM
Good for you then that it does have both languages but that makes me wonder: why doesn't SquareEnix doesn't do this from scratch ? It's not like it's cheaper to buy a version that it's not in your region and in Japan they do charge a lot more for the new games.
The that do complain about some voice acting, like myself, could have it original and the ones that don't mind get their dub, everybody happy and more money in their pockets.

These times most companies are fully aware a lot of fans wants the option to have both audios and even if the media has some limitations of space, as the 360, Wii or PSP they could at least give it as a free DLC. On the PSP it could be even better, they could release 2 versions on PSN, one with american dub other with original japanese voices. Depending of the characters one or two bad actors can ruin the mood of the game.

But that is past. What I'd really like to see is an asian version like the one you have for Versus XIII. Dual audio and selectable subtitles.
807  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 18, 2010, 06:39:29 PM
Ok, so I managed to get the Hong Kong (Chinese) version of FFXIII with the Japanese voices. I did a "New Game." One interesting thing that I noticed was that even though the manual says "O" is confirm, when I run the game "X" is confirm.

It does. My PS3 is japanese and all the game I own with only one exception confirms with X, probably because the port decide to make it. Every other game works like yours but opposite.
Weird thing is, when I was playing Red Dead Redemption, sometimes the GAME told me to press X to confirm but it was actually O. Now that was confusing in the beginning.

Is the Hong Kong edition supposed to have subtitles for both languages ? Because if I'm not mistaken it has only japanese.
One thing I've did to change the langue of some games that you know have more than one but don't have the option is to change the language of your PS3.

A little rant, but why they do it in the first place, right ? If the language is there why not give us teh option to change it in the first place ? As if putting one additional line in the options menu is gonna take millions of dollars and time. Instead I have to get out of the game and change my system.
808  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 18, 2010, 05:54:40 PM
Something about a little girl named Eggnog running around makes me giggle. (til she hit's 12, then you frown and wonder)

Japanese are notorious for this, no?
Bleach's main character is named (I like to put a Pimp-twist to it and say it in a Barry White tone) Strawbeeerry.  Venus and Braves had the leads Blood, Vivid and Ariah.  Xenoblade has Shulk and Florung (say that ten times fast).  And I'm pretty sure our next heavy-hitting JRPG will have a lead idiot named Chair or some sort of appliance.

I don't want to sound rude, so don't take it personal but Ichigo (苺) is not only strawberry but in the case of the main characters, while it does sound the same as strawberry it has different meaning as it is written with different kanji (一護) the first means ONE the other means PROTECT, SAFEGUARD, so, the one who protects.

I'm not trying to be bitching about it, but even though it may sound weird for us (the average non japanese speaker, or even a begginer) it usually has more then meets the eye, or in this case, the ear :)

Especially those mangakas (creators, writers, etc) they try to give the character a name that appeals to the idea they have. Another fine example is the main character from Death note, Yagami Light, especially his last name, and they mention it A LOT in the anime. 夜神 the first kanji, means NIGHT and the means GOD. You put them together and you have a badass name or at least a badass meaning for your name.

Even regular people sometimes have names like this, they just change the reading of the kanjis to something more usual a thing that in manga, anime etc you don't have to, or sometimes don't even want to, because you want the fans to make note of it.

This have happened to me quite sometimes, but as my vocabulary of japanese grew you see those nuances and it all makes sense.
809  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Post examples of good Writing in RPGs on: September 18, 2010, 05:32:11 PM
The dialogue in KOTOR 1 is very good, party members and NPCs alike. Especially HK-47 which for me has the best lines in any RPG.
810  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Agito XIII Footage on: September 17, 2010, 08:25:53 AM
The videos were removed by SquareEnix. Every other video from TGS is available but these. What are they so afraid of ?

Found another link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RMeexyDSCg

Looks great ! Especially the fight with behemoth.
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